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Ball-tampering — it’s just one of the original sins of the game

Vernon Philander. Picture: REUTERS/DINUKA LIYANAWATTE
14 hour(s) ago

Ball-tampering is one of the most overrated, overhyped ‘crimes’ in cricket, writes Neil Manthorp

The fear of failing in business is SA’s undoing

16 hour(s) ago

For the majority of the population, James Caan’s appeal to ‘embrace failure’ will take some time to take root, writes Trudi Makhaya

The hard question that goes to heart of a matter

Tony Leon promo
16 hour(s) ago

Asking the right question often leads to moral clarity, even if it is not so easily answered, writes Tony Leon

New bourgeoisie must set course for greater equality

16 hour(s) ago

The new bourgeoisie must demonstrate that it is in the business not only of enriching a few, but of transforming the deeply entrenched socioeconomic imbalances, writes Phakamisa Ndzamela

LETTER FROM CAPE TOWN: It won’t be business as usual after strike ends

Dave Marrs promo
14 hour(s) ago

Seifsa members may ride out the storm but it is clear many Neasa-aligned companies risk bankruptcy, writes Dave Marrs

THE INSIDER: Floyd’s pinkish economic outlook mocked by MPs

Floyd Shivambu. Picture: SOWETAN
16 hour(s) ago

Shivambu comes under heavy fire for his enthusiasm for diving into deep intellectual waters and coming up with swift solutions to intractable problems


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We want to belong — but to Brics?

Mark Barnes promo
1 day(s) ago

If the Brics funds are to go to the most needy we’re bound to benefit from more than our proportional share, or contribution, writes Mark Barnes

ON THE MONEY: New credit legislation could deliver a fresh blow to African Bank

Stuart Theobald promo
1 day(s) ago

African Bank is already against the ropes after vast bad debt write-offs, writes Stuart Theobald

ON WORK: Online job reviews aren’t useful

Lucy Kellaway promo
1 day(s) ago

While people feel compelled to write reviews of everyday items, they are more reticent when it comes to reviewing their jobs, writes Lucy Kellaway

Here’s to the land of midnight bar

1 day(s) ago

At a conference in Iceland, Gillian Tett’s most memorable economic lesson came from an unexpected source: beer

CRUCIAL CD COLLECTION: Charlie Haden

1 day(s) ago

Among Haden’s great assets were his sound and also what might be termed his positional play, writes Richard Haslop

UNEMBARGOED: Palestinians must have a state for lasting peace

1 day(s) ago

If we want a better world, we must all be prepared to demonstrate some moral courage and consistently condemn terrorist atrocities from whichever side they come, writes Songezo Zibi

Communication a huge issue for ANC

2 day(s) ago

South Africans can only hope that the decision to split the department of communications isn’t going to detract from other crucial projects, writes Duncan McLeod

Legal strikes no dinner party but alternative is worse

4 day(s) ago

Hysteria over the effect of strikes on the economy often misses what could happen in the face of inequality and poverty in SA in the absence of a voice and recourse for workers, writes Natasha Marrian

THE INSIDER: Life is a beach in Durban — unless you are a bum

Durban's beachfront. Picture: SUNDAY TIMES
4 day(s) ago

Hobos are not even allowed onto beaches run by the eThekwini municipality, according to the Durban Seashore Regulations

Tribe and technology can reinforce each other

Africa modern XXX.   Picture: THINKSTOCK
6 day(s) ago

The transformative effects of the internet can be viewed as a boon for the democratisation of ideas, writes Muthoni Maingi

VRROOM WITH A VIEW: BMW gets British brand right

6 day(s) ago

Some of German firm’s engineers in Stuttgart know the importance of keeping the Mini feeling like a Mini, writes Alexander Parker

Forget the Brics aspirations, try exporting instead

6 day(s) ago

Hilary Joffe: Can South Africa see past its Brics aspirations to focus on its own realities and how to fix them?

Taxing times for Moroka Swallows supporters as club heads for oblivion

Mninawa Ntloko promo
6 day(s) ago

Much like the extinct dodo, flightless Moroka Swallows are seemingly on their own reckless path towards oblivion, writes Mninawa Ntloko

JAZZ: Jazz world loses a legend in ‘hillbilly’ Haden

BASSIST: Charlie Haden.  Picture: REUTERS
6 day(s) ago

The world has lost both a great musician and a leading figure in the politics of culture with the death of award-winning bassist Charlie Haden, writes Gwen Ansell

AT HOME AND ABROAD: Pendulum swings towards reaction against ‘the other’

Allister Sparks promo
6 day(s) ago

The world is becoming one and the challenge ahead is that we all have to learn to live with one another in peace, writes Allister Sparks

THE INSIDER: ANC cadres find it hard to keep up with the titles

Public Enterprises Minister Malusi Gigaba arrives at Parliament in Cape Town on Thursday for President Jacob Zuma's state of the nation address on Thursday.   Picture: TREVOR SAMSON
6 day(s) ago

Malusi Gigaba’s move from the ministry of public enterprises seems to have escaped the attention of his staff

New land restitution process set to be messy

Nomalanga Mkhize
7 day(s) ago

The messy business of history and custom could soon collide with the desire for land and power in South Africa, writes Nomalanga Mkhize

Don’t cry for me over services industry regulations

7 day(s) ago

Financial services providers in SA need to reflect on whether they are advancing credit to assist customers or simply milking their clients, writes Phakamisa Ndzamela

Gaining a foothold in the global economy

8 day(s) ago

Until we link the dots between governance and accountability on the one hand, and excellence on the other, we shall remain behind, write Songezo Zibi

STRAIGHT TALK: Unsecured lending is here to stay in SA

Mark Barnes promo
8 day(s) ago

Unsecured lending is thriving, and will continue to do so, because there is a widespread and growing need, writes Mark Barnes

Sharks under coach White have done better than perceived wisdom says

Sharks coach Jake White. Picture: GALLO IMAGES/STEVE HAAG
8 day(s) ago

The disappointment about the Sharks not finishing in the top two must not overshadow their achievement in the league season, writes Mark Keohane

Zambians are getting worried about their missing president

Dianna Games promo
1 day(s) ago

Officials have been accused of trying to maintain the facade that all is well, writes Dianna Games

Mandela’s legacy of compromise is defective

Aubrey Matshiqi promo
1 day(s) ago

Aubrey Matshiqi: It is time for even the most wide-eyed optimists to accept that the reconciliation project has hit another pothole

Long-haul still a mountain to climb for ever-improving no-frills airlines

Michael Skapinker promo
1 day(s) ago

There is no longer much difference between a budget carrier’s service and an old-style airline’s, writes Michael Skapinker

White’s loyalty to and investment in his players have paid off handsomely

Jake White. Picture: GALLO IMAGES/STEVE HAAG
1 day(s) ago

Jake White’s coaching career has coincided with loyalty to players who have done well for him, writes Mark Keohane

Rate hike shows policy makers’ predicament

Gavin Keeton
1 day(s) ago

Unless growth recovers, SA could find itself trapped between the pincers of slow growth and high inflation, writes Gavin Keeton

ON THE WATER: Imagine fishing for trout on Mars

Picture: THINKSTOCK
1 day(s) ago

Fishing is just not gratifying when you have to do it crotch-deep in effluent, writes Neels Blom

THE LAST WORD: He who pays the expert calls the tune

2 day(s) ago

There’s nothing like a company crash to reveal just how empty words like ‘independent’ and ‘expert’ can actually be, writes Rob Rose

A generation of IT girls on the rise

2 day(s) ago

An initiative aims to take digital education deep into communities that are not usually exposed to it, writes Arthur Goldstuck

Unemployment seems to be off the state’s radar

Itumeleng Mahabane promo
4 day(s) ago

The government has given little indication that it will focus on the pressing challenge of unemployment, writes Itumeleng Mahabane

The war on private healthcare is misguided

Leon Louw promo
6 day(s) ago

The cure for government failure on healthcare is to discontinue the war on private alternatives, writes Leon Louw

Germany savouring golden moment after win in Rio — but it may not last

Gideon Rachman promo
6 day(s) ago

Germany is going through a golden moment on and off the soccer field but there are reasons for fearing that it will prove all too momentary, writes Gideon Rachman

Action taken on the weather at last

Penny Haw promo
6 day(s) ago

Cold feet are a thing of the past thanks to Skunkx shoes, which are equipped with electrical heating and vibrating systems, writes Penny Haw

WINE: SA need more sommeliers

Michael Fridjhon promo
4 day(s) ago

Sommeliers can ensure the kind of commitment to quality in wine selection, storage and service that SA needs, writes Michael Fridjhon

India might buck the Brics’ downward trend

Tony Leon promo
7 day(s) ago

India has promised to revive business and investor confidence through less reliance on the state and more liberalisation of labour laws, writes Tony Leon

Middle East: a blind spot for liberals

Steven Friedman
6 day(s) ago

Liberal democracy will seem more appealing if those who advocate it apply its principles to their own prejudices, writes Steven Friedman

THE INSIDER: Davies practises what he preaches in cattle class

Trade and Industry Minister Rob Davies. Picture: TREVOR SAMSON
7 day(s) ago

Davies on track to win first prize for cost-cutting with economy-class trip to Brics summit

Consider our competitive advantage

8 day(s) ago

Marvin Meintjies: It’s easy for those with their backs to the wall to lose sight of a simple thing: what’s your compelling argument?

ON THE MONEY: A focus on executive pay is just the tip of the inequality iceberg

Stuart Theobald promo
8 day(s) ago

After a certain amount, there is not much difference in lifestyles among the wealthy, writes Stuart Theobald

Look beyond Motsoeneng in SABC controversy

Aubrey Matshiqi promo
8 day(s) ago

We must stop pretending that the manipulation of news content happens only at the SABC, writes Aubrey Matshiqi

ON WORK: Professional services pantomimes

Lucy Kellaway promo
8 day(s) ago

The sad truth is that hiring a professional services firm is all about back-covering — but for a charity, being an underdog may be an advantage, writes Lucy Kellaway

Hong Kong’s Big Four audit firms wrong on the rule of law

Michael Skapinker promo
8 day(s) ago

The accountants appear to be confusing the ‘rule of law’ with ‘rule by law’, writes Michael Skapinker

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